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Hernia Surgery in Singapore (Symptoms, Cost And Treatment)


Usually developed between the chest and pelvis, it can be painful and uncomfortable to live with a hernia. However, it can be treated by hernia surgery in Singapore if discovered earlier.

Dr QM Leong provides several advanced hernia surgeries, which are proven to be highly effective. Find out more on this page on hernia surgery cost in Singapore and the surgery procedures for hernia surgery.

What is a Hernia?

Hermia Treatment

A hernia occurs when an organ, such as a part of your intestine, pushes through an opening in the muscle or tissue (abdominal wall) that holds it in place. The most common symptom of a hernia is the observation or appearance of a bulge or lump in the affected area.

Most hernias occur in the abdominal area between the chest and hips, while some hernias can also appear in the upper thigh and groin areas.

Hernias are usually caused by activities that put too much pressure and strain on the abdomen over a long period of time. This can range from heavy lifting, excessive straining during bowel movements, or even chronic coughing. Being overweight also increases the risk of getting a hernia.

Symptoms Of Hernia

In many cases, hernias have no symptoms and are not immediately life-threatening. However, they do not go away on their own, and some hernias can lead to pain, discomfort, and serious complications, requiring surgery to prevent them from being life-threatening. 

If you would like to find out more about your condition, hernia surgery cost in Singapore or how a hernia surgery can help you, do not hesitate to contact us, we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Common Types Of Hernia

Cause of Hermia

Inguinal Hernias

Inguinal hernias occur when fatty tissue or a part of your bowel protrudes through into your groin above your inner thigh.

This is the most common type of hernia and it mainly affects men. It’s often associated with ageing and repeated strain on the tummy.

It is further classified into Direct and Indirect inguinal hernias. Direct hernias are less likely to cause complications while indirect inguinal hernias have a higher risk of bowel complications.

Femoral Hernias

Femoral hernias also happen when fatty tissue or part of your bowel pokes through into your groin above your inner thigh. It is often mistaken as an inguinal hernia. Femoral hernias are much less common than inguinal hernias and tend to affect more women than men. Femoral hernias have the highest risks of bowel complications and should always be offered surgery.

Like inguinal hernias, femoral hernias are also associated with ageing and repeated strain on the tummy.

Umbilical Hernias

Umbilical hernias occur when fatty tissue or part of your bowel pokes through your abdomen near your belly button (umbilicus). 

In adults, it is often due to previous umbilical incisions (laparoscopic surgery), pregnancy and obesity.

How We Assess A Hernia

Hernias are assessed by an examination of the lump. Sometimes an ultrasound scan may be required to confirm the diagnosis or assess the extent of the problem.

A number of factors will be considered when deciding whether surgery is appropriate, including:

  • The type of hernia – some types of hernia (Femoral>Indirect>Direct) are more likely to become strangulated or cause a bowel obstruction than others
  • The content of your hernia – if the hernia contains a part of your bowel or other tissue, there may be a risk of strangulation or obstruction
  • Your symptoms and the impact on your daily life – surgery may be recommended if your symptoms are severe or getting worse, or if the hernia is affecting your quality of life
  • Your health in general– surgery may be too much of a risk if your general health is poor

How Soon Should I Undergo For Hernia Surgery In Singapore

Before considering proceeding with hernia surgery in Singapore. You should go to your nearest A&E immediately if you have a hernia and you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • Sudden, severe pain
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Difficulty passing motion or gas
  • The hernia becomes firm or tender, or cannot be pushed back in

These symptoms could mean that either:

  • The blood supply to the bowel in the hernia has become cut off (strangulation)
  • A piece of bowel has entered the hernia and become blocked (obstruction)

These are medical emergencies and need to be treated immediately.

Contact us today to make an appointment, we will advise accordingly based on your condition and decide if a hernia repair procedure is necessary.

Types Of Hernia Surgery In Singapore

There are 2 main ways how hernia surgery in Singapore are commonly carried out:

Open Hernia Surgery

In open hernia surgery, an incision is made to allow the surgeon to push the protruding lump back into the abdomen.

Laparoscopic Surgery

The laparoscopic hernia repair surgery is less invasive, instead of an incision, several smaller incisions are made, allowing the surgeon to use various special instruments to repair the hernia. The recovery period is also shorter. Most people are able to go home the same day or the day after surgery and make a full recovery within a few weeks.

Why You Should Visit Us For Hernia Surgery In Singapore

Frequently Asked Questions About Hernia Surgery In Singapore

The general cost breakdown for hernia treatment are as follow, for consultation, it will be $150 and for the procedure itself, it ranges from $3200 to $8000 (Based on MOH fee guidelines). Depending on your health insurance coverage, the cost might differ as well.

The surgery usually takes about 60 minutes to 90 minutes. Depending on your post-surgery condition, you might be discharged on the same day or have an overnight stay in the hospital.

For most cases, It is common to experience mild to moderate pain post-surgery. You will be prescribed antibiotics and painkillers during the recovery period.
Avoid engaging in any activities that cause strain to your body. Strain can be from carrying light groceries, bags and even house chores. Do check back with your surgeon on your recovery progress from time to time.
In general, laparoscopic hernia repair is more difficult to perform and the equipment costs more than open hernia repair. The failure rate may also be higher compared to open surgery. However, because smaller incisions are made, there is less pain after surgery and patients tend to recover faster. Both types of surgery require a mesh. The infection rate for laparoscopic surgery may also be lower.
In general, the procedure of choice would be laparoscopic hernia repair for hernias on both sides. This is because both hernias can be operated on using the same incisions, hence there is less pain compared to two incisions on each side for an open inguinal hernia.
The surgeon will usually offer surgery from a different approach to repair the recurrent hernia. If the initial surgery was open hernia repair, then the subsequent surgery will be laparoscopic repair and vice versa.